May 30, 1939 (18th Parliament, 4th Session)

CON

William Kemble Esling

Conservative (1867-1942)

Mr. ESLING:

Let me emphasize again the fact that the Big Bend highway does not enter into this matter at all. It is a totally different project. We are delighted to see so much progress being made on it, but at the present time the southern route is the only one from Vancouver into the national parks. It is the only route by which anyone can leave Vancouver and get to the parks. We recognize the merits of all the connections which the minister has been speaking of, all the hard-surfacing from Kingsgate and from points contiguous thereto, but you must use the southern route, the southern provincial highway, and there is no use building tourist highways unless there is a connecting link with those on the international boundary, from which the traffic comes. These two short roads from the port of Nelway to the transprovincial highway at Nelson and from the port of Paterson to the transprovincial highway at Rossland are the links which I ask this government to take into consideration, not merely as a matter of hard-surfacing but as a question of improvement in a general way. The government evidently recognized the merits of my contention in 1937 when they contributed $20,000 to the Nelway highway and $10,000 to the Rossland highway. That was on the dollar for dollar basis. The time may come when there will be no dollar for dollar contribution, and the provincial government would be doing an excellent piece of business to-day if it took advantage of that form of contribution.

Topic:   GOLD CLAUSE OBLIGATIONS
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR DISCHARGE BT PAYMENT OF NOMINAL OR FACE AMOUNT
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